About us

Learn about us and what we do! Amigos de los Animales (ADLA) Puerto Rico is a non-profit rescue organization and shelter, which rescues, rehabilitates and rehomes abused and abandoned animals throughout the island of Puerto Rico. Our shelter is located at the Piñones beachhome of the Shelter Director Adrienne Galler Lastra (known as Adri throughout Piñones and the animal welfare community). Adri has vowed to dedicate her life to making a difference in the life of the animals here. Since 2008, the shelter became home for all Amigos rescues. Adri lives at the shelter 24/7, ensuring each animal is well-cared for; safe; and loved. ADLA adopts its rescues or transports them to no-kill shelters in the United States.


ADLA also promotes humane animal treatment within the community. We organize low-cost sterilization and vaccination events to promote education on humane animal treatment. Together with the Puerto Rico Health Department and Career Development Institute of New Jersey, we coordinate a six-day Animal Control Officer/Cruelty Investigator Course, which is attended by police officers, members of animal welfare organizations and animal control facilities, as well as animal enthusiasts and individuals interested in learning about animal welfare and proper animal care. Download our brochure for additional information.

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Our Work in 2017

The year 2017 brought with it one of the biggest challenges we’ve faced so far– the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. However, we were determined not to give up on the betterment of all animals on the island, and continued to fight for their safety and welfare. These are our biggest achievements of the year 2017:

Rescues, sterilizations and adoptions

  • 140 pets rescued, sterilized and vaccinated and either adopted or transported to no-kill sister shelters in the U.S.

We had two major freedom flights. In June, 22 dogs were transported to Animal Rescue Fund of The Hamptons. And immediately following Hurricane Maria, in early October, we received generous donations and were able to fund a private flight to get 63 of our animals transported to shelters in the United States that were accepting rescues from Puerto Rico. We thank you!

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  • We held a FREE sterilization clinic during the month of December with Dr. Jose Cruz and his mobile sterilization unit, and sterilized and vaccinated 25 low-income community pets. 
  • ADLA participated in the annual “Desocupando los Albergues” organized by Telemundo. The Municipality of Loiza and its Mayor Julia M. Nazario assisted by hosting ADLA’s adoptable rescues in the Plaza of Loiza, where low-cost vaccinations were also performed. Mayor Nazario herself adopted little Timón!

Events, education and volunteers

  • We held two Pups for Pubs events at the Boardriders Surf Bar and Grill hosted activity Playa Arte in La Pared, Luquillo, where we sold doggy art and shared our mission with the surfside community.
  • Students from the Club de Amigos de los Animales and Photonews Club from the la Escuela Carmen Feliciano Carrera, located in Rio Grande came twice to volunteer and practice their photography skills on our dogs!

    • We continue to receive support in the form of both donations and volunteer hours from students and the communities of Commonwealth-Parkville School and Saint John’s School, both in San Juan.
    • We continued giving “Animal Cruelty and Care” talks or “charlas” to school age children and teachers of all ages from different schools.
    • Diego para Star (a Boyscout and Amigos volunteer) designed, constructed and donated three outside shelves for our cleaning supplies. Best of all: his grandfather helped!
    • Camille’s Pet Care Services takes part in the program Sit a Dog, Save A Life: each time someone used her services, she donated a percentage to ADLA. Thanks Camille! Camille is also a fantastic vet tech and has donated countless hours helping Adri vaccinate our rescues.

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  • ADLA and our Shelter Director Adri were featured in the Comedy Central show “The Opposition” in the episode: “Puerto Rico’s Hurricane Recovery: A 10 out of 10. The host of the show Jordan Klepper flew down to Puerto Rico with his team, visited the Shelter and best of all, adopted #firstdogizzy! We are so proud of her 🙂 Check out the YouTube Video below! Izzy is introduced at the end!

Consider how you can help: donate, become a volunteer, adopt one of our great pooches or foster for a while. Your help and training will be so appreciated and will improve the welfare of animals in Puerto Rico!


(c) Dominik Fleischmann